In three years, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a rollercoaster of quick, subsequent economic events that typically would have taken place across several decades. These include record unemployment, a brief recession and a series of massive federal assistance packages — followed by the highest inflation seen since the 1980s, several rounds of interest rate increases and growing concerns over the possibility of another recession. Some U.S. consumers have dealt with the aftermath of this whiplash by shifting their spending and saving behaviors.
At this member-exclusive Baker Briefing, our experts discussed the latest consumer trends — including what’s stayed the same, what’s new and other notable policy developments.
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The Honorable David M. Satterfield
Director, Baker Institute and Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East; Janice and Robert McNair Chair in Public Policy
Joyce Beebe, Ph.D.
Fellow in Public Finance, Baker Institute
John Diamond, Ph.D.
Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance; Director, Center for Public Finance, Baker Institute; Adjunct Professor of Economics, Rice University; CEO, Tax Policy Advisers, LLC